Need to value your car? If you are buying or selling or even insuring a vehicle, our vehicle valuation guide will show you the different ways to assess your vehicle and the pitfalls of each. We will show you which method is more suitable depending on your requirements, and if you are selling, we'll show you how and why Wizzle can find you a potential buyer and get you the best deal.
To complete a free car valuation online, you will need:
New cars may not yet need an MOT or have reached their first service date/mileage. Some free valuation services will assume it has a complete Service History and MOT and is in excellent condition so you may need to adjust your valuation accordingly. It's important to note that a lack of service history or any missing services will negatively affect the car value as there is no way to prove how well the mechanical elements of the vehicle have been maintained.
If you are getting your vehicle insured and need an estimate of you car's value then you probably only need a quick and instant online car value calculator, something like a Confused Valuation or Motorway Valuation provides an automated car value check. Simply enter your number plate and mileage, and they will get you a list of computerized prices for you which will be close enough for most purposes. Their car price guide is usually based on the assumption your vehicle is in excellent condition. If you need to get a classic or rare vehicle insured, then you should definitely use a professional car value estimator.
If you are looking to buy a used vehicle, then we would recommend looking at some of the free consumer price guides and car valuation calculator tools available. These offer an online valuation to the public and will give you a good idea of the price of the car and what you should expect to pay if you are thinking of buying from an independent dealer or private sale. Most of their prices are taken from car sales at auction and forecourt sales from around the UK. We go into more detail on each one below:
For sellers, we believe the best place to get a car valuation guide is from an online selling platform like Wizzle. We show you some automated prices as a guide and give you an idea of the car trade-in value if you were to consider a part exchange. This doesn’t reflect the real value of your vehicle, so we use thousands of real dealers and traders who study your car precisely. Because the Wizzle process takes you through a full vehicle appraisal, we have a clearer picture of the condition of your vehicle.
The Wizzle system takes everything into account and enables you to give buyers all the information they need.
This helps you get a much more accurate car value. How does a dealer decide what price to offer?
Our dealers and buyers who are interested will then provide you with sensible offers. They use professional valuation tools that are not freely available to the public, coupled with their experience of the industry they are best positioned to know the value of your vehicle.
The trade guides that a dealer uses to conduct a car valuation in the UK are:
If you are happy and comfortable with an offer, you can accept it. No hassle, and no pressure. The dealer will then arrange a quick collection and fast payment into your bank account.
I download some photos and completed the details of my car. I received an immediate email at 5:27pm acknowledging my submission. At 5:33pm I received a second email confirming that my listing had been approved and had been sent to the Wizzle network of dealers. The first offer was received at 5:43pm and the second at 5:49pm. Early next morning I received a call from the first dealer offering a higher price which they also posted on My Dashboard. In the afternoon I received a call from Louise at Wizzle who discussed with me some concerns I had. I agreed to accept this third offer and she handled it from there. I didn't even have to open My Dashboard to accept the offer. I then received a call from the dealer who arranged collection of my car the next day with a deposit in my bank account before the call had ended. The next day their driver took my car on a short test drive and checked the car's condition against the description I had given and the photos I had downloaded. The balance was in my bank account before they left with my car at approx. 01:00pm. Overall an extremely painstakingly easy process without the worry of dealing with private purchasers or online car buying websites that quote grossly exaggerated valuations only to be knocked down and reduced further by admin fees and quick payment fees. With Wizzle and their buyers, just as claimed, no fees. no deductions, collection from home by a reputable dealer and full payment in your bank account before they leave with your car.
Just sold my VW Scirocco through wizzle and it was a hassle free and honest service. The advisor goes through everything with you and then seeks out genuine car dealers. You will get a fair representation of dealship price for your car ... In my case I could have got slightly more privately but this takes away the hassle and for me it was worth it ... My advisor even managed to get my eventual deal to raise initial offer slighlty. The dealer called to go over everything and said as long as as described will honour value given. He sent round someone to look over car (free and not under any obligation) and pick it up ... This took approx 10 minutes and everything was fine and money was transferred instantly into my account. This was a great and honest experience. If you're going to go through this type of service it should definitely be wizzle as all others (in my experience) may give you higher initial online valuations but in reality when you show up, they knock off a massive amount for no reason which is a massive waste of time.
Excellent service, very straightforward. The website is very good itself to provide photos, describing part by part of the car including any damages to look for the traders who bid. I was offered a good value for my car, they contacted me paid deposit straight to bank Collection was arranged. The person came to collect checked the car paid the balance to account, all done quickly. No messing about to reduce price like other sites. Thanks
Excellent service. App was super easy to use. Collection and payment for Car were perfectly smooth. Got what I wanted in terms of price with no hassle at all. Easier than using a webuy service as I didn't have to go anywhere to get my car valued. Wouldn't definitely use this site again.